Yes, Superfly you are right. But PS comes close to doing most of what VB could do back in the day. It will be interesting to see what the OP settles on as "the right solution" for his or her purposes. I go all the way back to socket libraries meself....
Yes, it'll be interesting to me, too... I'm busy downloading, installing, reading, trying....

Thanks all for the clues, enough to keep me busy....